
Course outline

Topics outline

Simple refraction

Snell's law

Fermat's principle

Huyghens' observation

Ray tracing

The general situation

Spherical lens surfaces

Gaussian optics

Rainbows

The linear theory

Transfer matrices

The principal planes

Focal length

Properties of lens systems

Aberrations

First assignment (due January 14)

Second assignment (due January 21)
This assignment will require computer work.
Class on Friday, January 16, and on Monday, January 19,
will be held in
the computer lab Mathematics 202, for
an introduction to the course spreadsheet.
Starting Wednesday, January 21, class will be held
in Buchanan D238 (right next to the current room Buchanan 244)
in order to have available
the overhead LCD projector in that room.

Third assignment (due February 4)

Fourth assignment (due February 25)

Fourth assignment solutions

Recall  midterm examination Friday, February 27

Fifth assignment (due Wednesday, March 10)

Fifth assignment solutions

If you log in to the spreadsheet with group m309,
when you go to load files you will see in the file
list a number of files answer.m309.*. These
are in effect answers to the assignments.

Course notes from last year
 A major component of the course will
be student class presentations. It might not be feasible
for every one to give one, and time slots will be awarded
on a first come, first serve basis. Thos who don't make
the cut will have to do either a web project or a written essay.
The subject of every project must be
agreed on by me and every student
before approval. Topics may not be duplicated.
Joint presentations are not impossible,
ut require extra consieration. Before giving your
presentation, be sure to read my
notes on student class presentations.

References

A copy of Geometric optics by J. Warren Blaker,
a text book mostly concerned the linear theory,
has been put on 2 hour reserve in the Mathematics Library.
It is useful but not generally very exciting.
The most interesting part is Chapter 7 on aberrations
(i.e. deviations from linearity).

Also a copy of Chapters 2 and 3
Introduction to matrix methods in optics
by A. Gerrard and J. M. Burch.

Student presentations

March 12 (F) 

March 15 (M)  Saleema Amershi [ Light issues in computer graphics ]

March 17 (W)  Trevor Kinsey [ Atmospheric refraction ]

Presentation
[ .ppt ]
[ .pdf ]

Notes and references
[ .doc ]

Calculation spreadsheet
[ .xls ]

March 19 (F)  Jeremy Janzen [ Aberrations  curvature of field ]

March 22 (M)  Kevin Greene [ Huyghens' principle ]

March 24 (W)  Asha Padmanabhan and Katrina Brubacher [ Rainbows and
supernumerary bows ]

March 26 (F)  Ryan Leslie [ Sky colours ]

March 29 (M)  Tess Kitchen [ Refraction index as a function of wave length ]

March 31 (W)  WeiYuen Tan [ Laser beam shaping in industrial applications ]

April 2 (F)  Tania Chan [ Holograms ]

April 5 (M)  Sonja Perreten [ Image transmission in flexible tubes ]

April 6 (T)  Yanny Cheng and Wesley Lam [ ] (in Mathematics 103, 1:00  2:00)

April 8 (Th)  Darren Ho [ Zoom lenses ] (in Mathematics 103, 1:00  2:00)

Sample examination questions based on the presentations
